AAA #637 08/11

AAA #637, taped 07/15, aired 08/11

I decided to skip ahead, again. I wouldn’t mind catching up part of this week, but it sure doesn’t seem like it’ll happen (though I might be able to dip into my DVDs again. We’ll see.)

Like the GdR singles matches this weekend, I was left wanting more out of the parajes incredibles match. I had some hope for great, and probably did not appreciate good as much as I could’ve. I’m interested in seeing what we get for the mask match next weekend.

Street fight was the exact ridiculous match I thought it would be. You think they’ll be doing a Fuerza/Juvi hair/mask match down the road? I can’t see Fuerza not getting his win back somewhere, and it’d allow them to continue not doing Octagon/Fuerza.

What I got out of the main event is AAA knew they had nothing in the Animal, knew it before he stepped thru the entrance, just based on the way he was the least important man in the match. (Less so then Black Pearl, who appeared to book himself into the match.) The little we saw of the Animal, he came off as the bankrupt man’s Perro Aguayo, but even that’s been kind. He couldn’t work and he didn’t look good, and AAA didn’t seem to be expecting more, so – why was he out there? All I can figure is multiple plans for a mystery guy must have fallen thru, and the Animal was just their reserve plan.

I have no idea how/why they expect other people to care about their next mystery man – say, like the one coming up in two tapings – when they have this sort of track record for them.

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CMLL CAN52 GDR #90

CMLL CAN52 GDR #90, taped 08/05, aired 08/11

I’ve just found out that both these matches got cut, and I’m so annoyed. Both were in the “good, but if they got some more time, they could’ve been great” category, and to find out they had that time but we couldn’t see it for a boring look at Dos Caras Jr….agh. This show – and the other one – doesn’t need any more than the hour it already has, it just needs to make better use of the time.

Here’s an idea – anyone who watches the show twice can tell you’re just using generic entrance music for each guy, and it makes the show look second call. Cut out the entrances, and not the matches.

On the upside, we didn’t get minutes of “spot, kickout, everyone lays around for twenty seconds, repeat”, so there’s something.

I hope Amapola/Marcela get a rematch down the road, but this was the good title defense all the belts they want to do something with should have every three to four months. Amapola fought like a strong challenger, Marcela still stopped here, and the fact that she has the belt means something.

Virus won totally clean in the other singles match, which was a little bit of a surprise to me. Tony did not have one of his better nights – falling on your head can do that – but Virus looked really good throughout. They really need to show more of the hair cutting when they do that bit – that’s the point of the match, after all.

I’ve got to put Magadan’s shoutout to Chicago up here somewhere, so someone can confirm I wasn’t hearing things. I swear he said hi to Jesse, which may mean jtron has hookups the likes you wouldn’t believe.

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CMLL FSE #50

CMLL FSE #50, taped 07/15/07, aired US 08/12/07

Here’s where the three week gap kills the FSE show – you’ve got Mistico announced as out hurt on one show, and he’s wrestling here. You’ve got Tony getting shaved on the other show, and he’s got a full head of hair here.

There was zero build to Tony/Virus in the opener. It didn’t seem like they were building to any particular feud, just back to the building the usual Virus/New Infernales team. This was one of those average matches, but with varied individual performances – Virus and Stuka stuck out as good in particular.

Main event was really short – all the satellite shows matches seem short lately – and to the point. It was just the usual spot show match, with the usual spot show finish.

I have to assume the CMLL satellite shows just don’t have the rights to the footage that airs on the main show, because otherwise there’s no reason for them not to be airing clips. They don’t need to recap everything (though it wouldn’t hurt if they did), but when the big angle of the night is a tag team title match which happened on another show, it sure would help if people watching this show could see a little bit of it. All the shows could easily fit in a minute long highlight package of other action; it seems like FSE/CAN52 shows have been adding more filler of late to fill out the hour.

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CMLL FSE #49

CMLL FSE #49, taped 07/08/07, aired US 08/05/07

The main event wasn’t as bad as I thought it wasn’t going to be. It wasn’t great either, and suffered from Universo being unwilling or unable to take Dos Jr.’s big moves. You think they would’ve worked that out either before this match, or perhaps in the last two matches where Universo wouldn’t take the German either.

Anyway, I was saying this match wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t much either. The fans popped for the title change, which was kind of them, but it wasn’t an especially meaningful feud or meaningful title. Maybe Dos can make it into to something, but I’ve lost most faith in his development into a good worker and it’s not like there are going to be feuds to build it’s importance. (Though I hope Misterioso does get his shot.) It’s a novelty match, the inverse of the minis.

Eclipse needs to never do a standing moonsault again, for so many reasons. It’s tough to be too down on Dos after seeing him.

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08/13: Puebla

Volador Jr., Sagrado, Sombra, new champs/chito @ box y lucha

CMLL (MON) 08/13 Arena Puebla [hugo999]
1) Karisma, Mr. Rafaga, Murcielago b Blue Center, King Jaguar, Super Star
2) Kraken, Maniacop, Siki Osama Jr. b Centella de Oro, Lestat, the Tiger
3) Amapola, Hiroka, Mima Shimoda b India Sioux, Lady Apache, Sahori
4) La Sombra, Sagrado, Volador Jr. b Damián 666, Halloween, Mr. Águila [MEX TRIOS]
5) Ultimo Guerrero b Silver King
Silver King replaced his brother, and the fans weren’t to thrilled. Wagner was here explaining his injury, but that probably was the first most had heard about it. One fall match, with Ultimo grabbing the ropes for the win.

Tecnicos won the trios titles, as expected. It seems they had this planned long enough for the new champs to get matching gear.

Rudas won in straight falls, Hiroka going over Lady Apache, leading to a title match with those two next week. Centella de Oro hurt himself on a dive on the segunda.

IWRG (THU) 08/02 Arena Naucalpan [the Gladiatores]
1) Golem b Gallo de Jalisco
2) Halcon Salvaje & Samba b Macho II & Puma King
3) 911, AK47, Fierro b Freelance, Marco Rivera, Star Boy
4) Kai, Sasaki, Yamato b Astro Boy, Ultraman Jr., Veneno
5) Cerebro Negro, Dr. Wagner Jr., el Hijo Del Anibal b Black Warrior, Hijo del Cien Caras, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr.
Yes, Black Warrior did actually wrestle. Gladiatores #50 is up with more recaps.

CMLL (THU) 08/09 Beisborama de la Ciudad Cordoba Veracruz [EL_VOLADOR @ box y lucha]
1) ? & Caligula b Bengala & Caballero Aguila
2) Lady Apache & Marcela b Amapola & Rosa Negra
3) Alex Koslov, Sagrado, Volador Jr. b Arkangel de la Muerte, Texano Jr., Virus
4) ? & Heavy Metal vs Halloween & Mr. Aguila

VELA (SUN) 08/12 Club Ka-Lua, San Antonio, Texas
1) La Chicanita b La Chota
2) Dragon-X b Gabe the Babe
3) Bello Florindo & Karla Maria b Atrevido & Soldado Infernal
4) Insolito & Tiger Universitario b Black Killer & Kendor
5) Mongol Chino & Sicodelico Jr. DQ Gato Volador & Tinieblas Jr.

On Sunday, the LA Dodgers will be having their 10th Viva Los Dodgers day, with Blue Demon Jr. throwing out the first pitch.

The LA Times writes a Hijo del Santo profile.

Luchas 2000 #381 features the Lizmark split from Los Perros.

Updated DF Cards

Adjusting for Dr. Wagner Jr.’s injury. He’s supposed to be out seven more days, which is a little less than previously stated.

CMLL (TUE) 08/14 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Rayo Tapatio I & Rayo Tapatio II vs Artillero & Super Comando
2) India Sioux, Luna Magica, Marcela vs Diosa Maya, Mima Shimoda, Rosa Negra
3) Flash, Super Nova, Valiente vs Canek Jr., Goto, Okumura
4) La Mascara, Sagrado, Sombra vs Euforia, Misterioso II, Nosferatu
5) Heavy Metal, Rey Bucanero, Sagrado vs Atlantis, Toscano, Ultimo Guerrero

CMLL (FRI) 08/17 Arena Mexico [CMLL]
1) Astro Boy & Molotov vs Apocalipsis & Ramstein
2) Dark Angel, Lady Apache, Sahori vs Amapola, Hiroka, Princesa Sujei
3) Alex Koslov, Heavy Metal, La Mascara vs Misterioso II, Texano Jr., Virus
4) Dos Caras Jr., Marco Corelone, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Olimpico
5) Atlantis, Lizmark Jr., Ultimo Guerrero vs Hector Garza, Perro Aguayo Jr., Villano V

Also, someone realized the logic flaw in Sunday’s main event, and decided to just skip ahead to next week’s main event.

CMLL (SUN) 08/19 Arena Coliseo [ESTO]
1) Bracito de Oro, Celestial, Electrico vs Fire, Pequeno Violencia, Sombrita
2) Metalico, Sombra de Plata, Tigre Blanco vs Caligula, Hooligan, Mr. Mexico
3) Leono, Mascara Purpura, Mictlan vs Emilio Charles Jr., Euforia, Nosferatu
4) Alex Koslov, Heavy Metal, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Misterioso II
5) Dos Caras Jr. vs Lizmark Jr. [CMLL HEAVY]

08/13: Coliseo, Dr. Wagner out, Apache gym

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IWRG (THU) 08/09 Arena Naucalpan [superluchas]
1) Golem b Samba
2) Halcon Salvaje & Tortugillo Ninja b Pandemoniun & Venganza
3) 911, AK47, Fierro b Freelance, Marco Rivera, Veneno
4) el Hijo Del Anibal, El Hijo del Solitario, Negro Navarro b Capitan Muerte, Cien Caras Jr., Cyborg
5) Black Warrior, Hijo del Cien Caras, Yamato b Cerebro Negro, Dr. Wagner Jr., Ultraman Jr.

CMLL (SUN) 08/12 Arena Coliseo [ovaciones, Dr. Frink @ box y lucha foro]
1) Sensei & Tiger Kid b Méssala & Zayco
2) Leono, Metálico, Stuka Jr. b Apocalipsis, Mr. México, Ramstein
3) Hiroka, Medussa, Princesa Sujei b Dark Angel, Luna Magica, Sahori
4) Felino, Heavy Metal, Máximo b Damián 666, Emilio Charles Jr., Terrible
5) Averno, Lizmark Jr., Mephisto b Dos Caras Jr., Valiente, Volador Jr.

Valiente replaced Dr. Wagner Jr., who was announced as injured after his match with Ultimo on Friday. CMLL.com reports Wagner will be out two weeks with a rib injury. It’s dangerous to be a CMLL main eventer. Ultimo Guerrero better be careful. Valiente replaced him. Rudos won first, tecnicos won second, Dos screwed up and Lizmark beat him in the third. Lizmark wants a title match, which sure would be something.

Amusingly, both Ovaciones and ESTO both talked about this being Tiger Kid’s First Ever CMLL Match. It’s his fifth match in Coliseo this year. Both publications having the same obscure info wrong confirms there’s a secret CMLL mailing list I’m not on. So sad.

CMLL (SUN) 08/19 Arena Coliseo
1) Bracito de Oro, Celestial, Electrico vs Fire, Pequeno Violencia, Sombrita
2) Metalico, Sombra de Plata, Tigre Blanco vs Caligula, Hooligan, Mr. Mexico
3) Leono, Mascara Purpura, Mictlan vs Emilio Charles Jr., Euforia, Nosferatu
4) Alex Koslov, Maximo, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Misterioso II
5) Dos Caras Jr., Heavy Metal, Marco Corelone vs Hector Garza, Lizmark Jr., Terrible

So they kept Lizmark from teaming with his old allies for all all of eight days. The Perros can’t even just turn on Lizmark because he’s got to win to set up the title match. Sombra de Plata and Caligula might get on TV.

Neither Tuesday nor Friday’s card has not been updated to deal with the Dr. Wagner injury.

AAA (SUN) 08/12 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Candy, Dranser, Panterita del Ring II b Bandida, Euforia (Monterrey), Invasor
2) Mercurio, Monje Negro Jr., Virtual X b Aguila Extrema, Iron, Rey Imagen
3) La Parkita, Rey Infernal, Sangre Chicana b Guerrero Blanco, Hombre sin Miedo, Octagoncito
4) Alan Stone & Scorpio Jr. b Alberije & Mascara Divina
5) Cibernetico & La Parka Jr. b Escoria & X-Pac

IWRG (THU) 08/16 Arena Naucalpan
1) Sambra vs Rockero del Diablo
2) Tormenta I & Tormenta II vs Macho II & Pandemonium
3) Kato Kung Lee, Negro Navarro, Ultraman Jr. vs Pierroth Jr., Septiembre Negro II, Yamato
4) Hijo de Cien Caras & Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. vs Hijo de Anibal & Hijo del Solitario [IWRG IC TAG]
5) Atlantis & Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Cien Caras & Villano III

Those who’ve lost their masks get to wear them for this show, including the retired Cien Caras.

IWRG (SUN) 08/19 Arena Naucalpan [RFC]
1) Tormenta I & Tormenta II vs Macho II & Pandemonium
2) Freelance, Kid Tiger, Tortugillo Ninja vs 911, AK47, Fierro
3) Centauro, Ultraman Jr., Veneno vs Enfermero Jr., Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., Pierroth Jr.

CMLL (TUE) 08/14 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Thunder Boy vs Milenio
2) Esterlla de Jalisco vs Fraile de la Muerte
3) Carlo Roggi vs Danger (Guadalajara)
4) Metal Blanco vs Mr. Trueno
5) Gallo & Magnum vs Lobo & Mascara Magica
6) Blue Panther vs Malefico
7) Rayman, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. vs Hector Garza, Olimpico, Texano Jr.

CMLL (SUN) 08/19 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Thunder Boy & Virgo vs Destroyer & Valentin Mayo
2) Ebola & Mach-1 vs Fraile de la Muerte & Impostor
3) Guerrero Samuari, Leono, Leono Blanco, Magnum, Rayman vs Lobo, Malefico, Mr. Trueno, Okumura, Rey Trueno [ciber]
4) La Mascara, Sagrado, Ultimo Dragon vs Atlantis, Olimpico, Ultimo Guerrero

Newspaper links
* The Austin Statesman write about lucha libre training, including going to El Apache’s gym and Arena Emiliano Zapata. This one’s definitely worth reading, and there’s some video attached.
* There was a tribute show for Gran Markus I in Deportivo Los Soberanos
* Inside Bay Area writes about local luchador Mariachi Loco.
* Victorville Daily Press says over 1,200 showed up for the lucha libre show at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds

Magazines
Super Luchas 225 has Sombra in the city.
Box Y Lucha #2831 teases Ulitmo/Wagner for the masks

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Update on this week’s AAA Galavision

They didn’t air exactly the same show as in Mexico

Today/Tomorrow
lots of clips of past TripleManias
2) Gran Apache & Laredo Kid b Super Calo & Super Fly [losers advance, pi]
4) Juventud Guerrera b Fuerza Guerrera [street]
7) Head Hunter I, Rikishi, Ron Killings, Sabu b La Parka Jr., Latin Lover, the Animal, Zorro

They recut the episode from Mexico. I believe that’s a first – they’ve cut episodes in half before, but this took more work than that.

You want this first hour. Catch on the replays if you haven’t got it already. – actually, after sitting down to watch it, you really just want the first half hour. Parajes incredible match is not as great as some of their other stuff, and it’s very much not long (need to look up Ocampo’s match time to see if it got cut), but it was worth seeing if you could see it. If you didn’t, you’ll live and you’ll want to see the mask match next week regardless.

next week, we’ve got
1) Alfa, Casandro, Fabi Apache, Mini Abismo Negro b Cinthia Moreno, Octagoncito, Oriental, Pimpinela Escarlata (I think)
3) Crazy Boy & Joe Lider b Cuervo & Ozz [AAA TAG]
5) Super Fly b Super Calo [mask]
8) Kenzo Suzuki L Cibernetico, Chessman, Charly Manson, Mesias, X-Pac [cage, hair]

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08/11: Mexico, lineups, TV

CMLL (FRI) 08/10 Arena Mexico [Superluchas, Galeno del Mal @ box y lucha, ESTO, Alvin @ el Martinete]
1) Bam Bam & Fantasy b Pequeño Damian 666 & Pequeño Halloween
2) Flash, Super Nova, Valiente b Arkangel de la Muerte, Nitro Neutron Nitro, Súper Comando
3) La Máscara, La Sombra, Mascara Purpura b Euforia, Nosferatu, Satánico
4) Alex Koslov, Marco Corelone, Rey Bucanero b Olímpico, Sangre Azteca, Tozcano
5) el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Héctor Garza, Lizmark Jr. b Blue Panther, Negro Casas, Volador Jr.
6) Dr. Wagner Jr. b Último Guerrero

In the third fall, Wagner went for a superplex. UG blocked it, and got the Guerrero Special. UG covered, but pulled Wagner up at 3. (NOOOOOO – in Ovaciones on Friday, Ultimo said something about how he’d rather lose by rudo-ism if he left Wagner embarrassed than winning clean, and I guess that’s the idea here, though I don’t know if that was a good idea) Ref got bumped, Ultimo fouled Wagner, Wagner sold it for a split second, then yanked Ultimo’s mask and cradled him for the win. Challenges after the match, nothing set.

Semifinal had some bizarre booking. Lizmark Jr. pinned Panther twice to win the match in two falls, but broke up attacks by Perro and Hector in the process so he could get the pin himself – so they kicked him out of the group! The heck? Not sure if Lizmark is now a tecnico or an aligned rudo or someone who’s about to lose his mask still or what.

Guerreros lost in three falls, but the only fall they won was when Corelone accidentally hit his partners with his superman dive.

Nitro was in the match! Nitro. So no one really cared all week to correct the typo.

CMLL (TUE) 08/14 Arena Coliseo
1) Rayo Tapatio I & Rayo Tapatio II vs Artillero & Super Comando
2) India Sioux, Luna Magica, Marcela vs Diosa Maya, Mima Shimoda, Rosa Negra
3) Flash, Super Nova, Valiente vs Canek Jr., Goto, Okumura
4) La Mascara, Sagrado, Sombra vs Euforia, Misterioso II, Nosferatu
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., Heavy Metal, Rey Bucanero vs Atlantis, Toscano, Ultimo Guerrero

CMLL (FRI) 08/17 Arena Mexico
1) Astro Boy & Molotov vs Apocalipsis & Ramstein
2) Dark Angel, Lady Apache, Sahori vs Amapola, Hiroka, Princesa Sujei
3) Alex Koslov, La Mascara, Volador Jr. vs Misterioso II, Texano Jr., Virus
4) Dos Caras, Dr. Wagner Jr., Marco Corelone vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Olimpico
5) Atlantis, Lizmark Jr., Ultimo Guerrero vs Hector Garza, Perro Aguayo Jr., Villano V

Guess he’s still a rudo! Would you rather have Villano V or Lizmark Jr. on your team?

CMLL CAN52 #90
08/05 Coliseo: Marcela b Amapola [MEX WOMEN]
08/05 Coliseo: Virus b Tony Rivera [hair]

CMLL FS-Mexico #53 (thanks CHUI)
08/03 Mexico: Dark Angel, Diana La Cazadora, Lady Apache b Amapola, Hiroka, Mima Shimoda
08/05 Coliseo: Atlantis, Olímpico, Tozcano b Dos Caras Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr., Volador Jr.

08/10: Mexico Preview

No AAA taping this weekend, but the usual show in Arena Mexico.

CMLL (FRI) 08/10 Arena Mexico
1) Bam Bam & Fantasy vs Pequeno Damian 666 & Pequeno Halloween
2) Flash, Super Nova, Valiente vs Arkangel, Nitro Neutron, Super Comando
3) La Mascara, Mascara Purpura, Sombra vs Euforia, Nosferatu, Satanico
4) Olimpico, Sangre Azteca, Toscano vs Alex Koslov, Marco Corelone, Rey Bucanero
5) Hector Garza, Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Lizmark Jr. vs Blue Panther, Negro Casas, Volador Jr.
6) Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Ultimo Guerrero

Big Anniversary tease is currently a Wagner/Ultimo mask match, and it doesn’t seem completely unlikely with no Mistico around. However, in today’s Ovaciones, Lizmark Jr. demands Blue Panther face him in a mask match. That’s not quite Terrible/Panther, but it still stands a chance of being terrible (and a miscarriage of justice.) Perhaps they’ll have both? Perhaps they’ll have neither.

Neutron is listed in Ovaciones and ESTO on the rudo side, so either it’s a mistake no one’s cared to correct, or they just haven’t cared to ask why.

ESTO’s article about Mistico’s injury puts the return time at more than six weeks. I’m sure he’ll rush back to make the anniversary show – he always does, and that’s exactly why this injury occurred – but they’re probably better off not expecting big things from Mistico on that anniversary show. Mistico will be in a fiber glass cast the first three weeks.

Atlantis talked a bit about his injuries to ESTO. He says he was out of it for 20-25 minutes on Sunday after being kicked in the head, and it wasn’t till he was in the hospital that he got his senses back. He’s taken the week off, except for work on direct to video movie he’s in, and does return to the ring on Sunday in Guadalajara. Atlantis mentions that he’ll soon be going on a tour in the US and Japan (the masked men tournament, right?) which will prevent him from participating on the Anniversary show. Atlantis calls Wagner a “hen.”

CMLL (THU) 08/09 Arena Isabel de Cuervanaca [Dark Atlantis @ el martiente]
1) Hooligan II & Pulsar DQ Demente & Vampiro Metalico
2) Robin & Spiderman b Carrona & Cholo
3) Sangre Azteca b Mascara Purpura, Ephesto, Astro Boy, Misterioso II, Stuka Jr., Metalico, Nitro, Flash, Loco Max, Skandalo, Loco Max [ciber]
4) Hector Garza & Perro Aguayo Jr. b Mascara Ano 2000 & Toscano

Mascara Ano 2000 filled in for Atlantis.

The Weakest Link with CMLL guys airs Sunday at 9pm on Azteca 13.

There’s an exhibition of lucha libre graffiti in Torreon. (La Opinion)

Next Sunday, there’s lucha libre at the Monterrey (California) County Fair at 6:30 pm. (link via the Californian. No names are listed. Same deal for the Oregon State Fair on August 25, though the picture of Atlantis makes me wonder if this is one of the US dates he mentioned.

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